ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers have signed Japanese pitcher Kohei Arihara on a $ 6 million two-year contract.
A 28-year-old right-handed shooter, Arihara spent six seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, a Pacific League Professional Baseball team.
Rangers paid $ 1.2 million in release fees to Arihara, which can add $ 50,000 in performance bonuses in each of the two seasons of the contract.
Arihara posted an 8-9 record and a 3.46 earned running average of 20 starts with Hokkaido in the pandemic shortened baseball season in Japan. He led the Pacific League with three full games and finished second in rounds with 132 2/3.
Named Pacific Rookie of the Year in 2015, Arihara set a career high of 15 wins in 2019. In that regard, he finished first in the league and finished second with a points average. earned by 2.46 on 24 starts.
In his career, he has a 60-50 record and an earned average of 3.74 in 129 games, including 125 as a starter.
“The addition of Kohei Arihara increases the depth of our starting pitching rotation,” said Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels.
“He has had success in Japan for the past six years in Japan and came out of the shadows in 2019.”
Arihara would be the eighth Japanese to take part in a regular season in a Rangers uniform. Yu Darvish (2012-2017) and Yoshinori Tateyama (2011-2012) also teamed up with Hokkaido before joining Rangers.
“I will continue to work hard to improve myself and succeed in this city,” Arihara said in a statement released by Rangers on Saturday.
“To get there, I will make sure I have a productive low season so I can get to training camp in the best possible physical condition. “
To make room for Arihara in the 40-man roster, Rangers have assigned right-handed pitcher Art Warren to the job.